Saab of Sweden has announced it is opening of an office in Botswana as it continues its expansion in Africa. The office in Gaborone will join Saab’s other locations in Kenya and South Africa. The company said it is seeking to expand its presence on the continent as it pursues its market area concept, which […]
BOTSWANA’S power utility has received permission to increase its electricity tariffs despite the series of power cuts characterising the country in past three weeks. Energy Minister, Kitso Mokaila, said the financial losses Botswana Power Corporation, had necessitated the increases. ldquoTo this end, tariffs will be adjusted by an average of 10 percent with effect 1st […]
In an effort to optimise agricultural production, government will expedite the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Initiative (AIDI) once the economy has improved. Speaking during a harvest day at Mosi in Southern District on Friday, March 22, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said under the initiative, government would provide water, power and telecommunications infrastructure across […]
ZIMBABWEAN SHOOTING VICTIM TURNED BACK AT PLUMTREE BORDER No arms, no money, no parents and now no place to call home, Gift Ncube is currently being held at the Centre for Illegal Immigrants in Francistown after efforts to deport him failed. He had been receiving treatment at Mahalapye hospital up until the order to deport […]
Saleshando A delegation of five senior Communist Party of China (CPC) officials met with the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership at a secluded place in Gaborone recently in a bid to formulate inter-party ties, The Voice has learnt. CPC is the ruling party in the populous Asian nation of China and its officials were led […]
WAITING TO REGISTER: Eligible voters The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced the dates for the coming supplementary registration. The dates are February 21st to 2nd March. In the previous registration exercise only 478 148 eligible voters were registered. IEC is targeting at least 1.2 million eligible voters to have registered by the end of […]
THE Ministry of Works and Transport and the Police Air Wing unit yesterday launched a search mission for a missing helicopter from neighbouring Botswana. The Helicopter BPS 02-Type AS35, which is white in colour with blue stripes, took off from Gumare in Botswana’s North-West District on Sunday at 17h05 heading for Maun. Since the helicopter […]
A search and rescue team has found debris of the Botswana Police Service’s helicopter with all the three persons who were on board dead. Police Commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe said the helicopter had crashed in the Okavango Delta. Commissioner Makgophe thanked everyone who was involved in the search and passed on the deepest condolences to the […]
The Palapye Administration Authority has registered 47 cases of malaria this year. This was revealed by Palapye Primary Hospital spokesperson, Ms Mpho Modibedi in an interview recently. She stated that of the 47 cases of Malaria recorded in the region, Palapye recorded the highest number of 19. “Other affected villages include Seolwane, Malaka, Makoro, …Lechana, […]
LONDON, United-Kingdom, February 14, 2014 – The Illegal Wildlife Conference, held today in London, has agreed key actions to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade. During the conference, chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague and attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, world leaders from over forty nations vowed […]
HONG KONG, July 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Asianet-Pakistan) — MRG is proud to announce the opening of its new alternative treatment cancer clinic located in the pristine Qingcheng Mountain Resort, at the base of the Himalayan Mountains. The company has plans to open up to 50 similar clinics around the world in the near […]
Former Township Rollers striker, Evans Gwekwerere has surfaced at NICO United with the hope of landing a contract and bounce back to be MOBILE Premier League. Nomadic Gwekwerere left Rollers mid last year a bitter man. He claimed that he was stigmatized at the popular Gaborone side simply because he is a foreigner. He […]
SEEING YELLOW: BDF XI welcomes Nico United BDF X1 Coach Elijah Chikwanda will this Sunday face his former club Nico United in Mascom top 8 Cup Semi Final first leg encounter at SSKB. After he parted ways with the BCL sponsored team due to poor results, Chikwanda has a point to prove to his former […]
LOW TURNOUT: Masitaoka at training Molepolole based First Division-South outfit Masitaoka Football Club is in turmoil and its status in the league is under threat. The team is currently lying in a precarious twelfth and last position in the log standing. The beleaguered side which most of the Bakwena in and around Molepolole pin their […]
NextLOGiK Announces CompWALK, an Online Software Platform That Allows Companies to Self-Administer Compliance and Quality Management
COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Asianet-Pakistan) — NextLOGiK, a Columbia, Md.-based technology company, has launched CompWALK, a mobile-ready, online software platform that allows organizations in all industries to measure compliance with regulations, industry standards and corporate benchmarks. CompWALK (www.compwalk.com) can be used by any type of organization that needs to measure performance […]
There are 54 states on the continent, yet the media insists on referring to it as one place. A new app identifies the culprits
Many public figures and journalists have no problem describing someone from Botswana and a person from Mauritania as “Africans”. They probably wouldn’t call them “Americans” if they were from Brazil and the United States, even though the distance between the two is the same – and the economic conditions as different.
You don’t have a film called Out of Asia and you rarely go to Oceania on holidays (instead you talk of vacations in Australia, New Zealand or another island). Yet for a continent of one billion people three times the size of the US, it’s no problem to call it by one single name – “Africa“! This is hugely detrimental to many countries. When a civil war starts in the Central African Republic (Africa!), it negatively impacts countries as far away as Senegal (Africa!) and Lesotho (Africa!). This has to change.
What can be measured can be changed. By measuring how many articles talk of “Africa” without mentioning a specific country, we show in the app Africa Isn’t A Country how widespread the prejudice against the continent actually is. And we give journalists a tool to measure their progress towards more sensible reporting.
Because “Europe” is used to describe the European Union and “America” is used as a synonym for the United States, the coverage of Africa can only be compared with that of Asia. See how the Guardian, for instance, uses “Africa” as an all-purpose word to describe anything from Tangiers to Cape Town. Comparing the mentions of the three biggest African economies with the three biggest Asian ones, we see how much less precise reporting of African countries remains:
Guardian journalist don’t use “Asia” when talking of Hyderabad or Shenzhen. They use “India” and “China”. But for Africa:
The methodology vastly understates the problem. If a piece talks at length of “African” leaders discussing “African” issues in “Tunisia”, it will not appear in the statistics above.
More interestingly, the sections suffering from this syndrome are not culture, fashion and travel, as one could think. Looking at the seven sections that contain more than half of all the articles mentioning only Africa, the ones most prone to treating Africa as a country are world news, Comment is free and Global development.
Most of the time, journalists are not to blame. The tweet from Bill Clinton, above, is as meaningless as announcing that he landed between Calgary and Buenos Aires. As a head of state, he must have noticed that Obasanjo and Mandela did not rule the same country, though. More recently, the German defence minister explained that “the situation in Africa is serious”. I hope that she sends the Bundeswehr to more precise locations.
The blame does not fall entirely on celebrities and politicians. Guardianistas produced some surprising pieces, notably one that informs us that Africa can feed itself. There, the name of the continent is mentioned 13 times but the reader will not know that South Africa, for instance, is a net food exporter (like 18 other African countries).
See here the list of articles that contain the term “Africa” but no other African country name. See the same query for Asia. Unfortunately, The Guardian has a section called “Middle East and Africa” that produces a lot of false positives, such as articles about Syria that appear in the results because of the name of the section. To correct this, all articles containing the names of Middle Eastern countries have been excluded from the count, which decreases dramatically the count of articles for Egypt. The total count is also inflated because of multimedia pieces (an image displaying the names of specific countries will be included in the “mentioning only Africa” category if the title mentions only the continent).
On Center Software Announces New Product Releases for On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, and Digital Production Control
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Asianet-Pakistan) — On Center Software, the first name in construction automation, announces today the latest release of its award winning portfolio: On-Screen Takeoff(R), Quick Bid(R), and Digital Production Control(TM). Customers with active licenses on maintenance will benefit from the following new features: * MyOnCenter Customer Portal […]